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Joe Abba: Bio

Joe Abbatantuono has been a native New Yorker for his entire life. Born in the Bronx and raised in Dutchess County, he began playing drums at age nine and has continued to this day. He holds a B.M. from The Crane School of Music and an M.A. from New York University and has been playing drums & percussion for over twenty years. His musical directions are vast: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Big Band, Latin, Experimental, Funk and more; this diversity of styles stands as the basis for his musical path. This international journey has taken him to cities & countries such as Mexico, Montreal, Toronto, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Turkey, Italy, Sweden, and across the United States, where he has shared his and others' music with many cultures. 

While the majority of Joe Abba's career has been as a sideman, he has also become a prolific bandleader. Successful projects include his own acoustic jazz group, The Joe Abba Jazz Project, which takes many forms, from small group to large ensemble, and tackles music from jazz standards to modern originals, and to his more experimental/avante garde works. Joe also leads a Hip Hop/Fusion band called The Identity Crisis, which features singers, rappers, laptops, percussion, horns and  a genre-bending rhythm section. This band's music is mainly groove and funk oriented, while still owing much of its depth and improvisation to the jazz realm.

Pop/Rock Credits:

Pacha Massive,  Jessica Simpson, Collider, CJ & Tommy Ramone, Shayna Steele, Jeebus, Steve Albini, Benny Reitveld, Jerry Jemmott, Sheldon Low

Jazz/Experimental Credits:

The Joe Abba Jazz Project, The Identity Crisis, Dave Douglas, Donny McCaslin,  Lew Soloff, Sean Nowell, The Bjorkestra, Jeff Lederer, Harvie S., Chris Tarry, Francois Moutin, Andy Laverne, Nir Felder, Sam Barsh, Adam Klipple, Ingrid Jensen, David Cook, Jeremy Pelt, Kat Calvosa, Frank Lacy, Ray Anderson, Rez Abassi, Janek Gwizdala, The JMJ Trio, Monatomic, Terese Genecco

Television/Performance Credits:

The Tonight Show, MTV Spring Break, Good Day New York, Nightline, CBS’ Sunday Morning, The Montreal Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, The Blue Note, Birdland, The Jazz Standard, Bowery Ballroom, Irving Plaza, Teatro Manzoni, CBGB's (R.I.P.)